FC Haskovo 1957 (Bulgarian: ФК Хасково 1957) was a Bulgarian football club based in Haskovo, which last played in the Third Amateur Football League, the third tier of Bulgarian football. Haskovo's home ground is the Haskovo Stadium, which has a capacity of 9,000 spectators. Haskovo have spent a total of 7 seasons in the Bulgarian elite, most recently in the 2014-15 season. Haskovo’s biggest rivals are considered to be clubs from the neighboring provinces and towns, namely OFC Sliven 2000 and Beroe Stara Zagora.

Haskovo 1957
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Full nameFootball Club Haskovo 1957
Founded2009
GroundHaskovo Stadium
Capacity9000
ChairmanBulgarian Delcho Korchev
ManagerBulgarian Emil Angelov
LeagueNot active at senior level
2020–21Third League, 12th

After the 2020-21 season, FC Haskovo dissolved it’s senior team, remaining active only at youth levels. This was done because FC Izvor Gorski Izvor was moved to Haskovo and this resulted in the creation of FC Sayana Haskovo. Sayana took Haskovo’s place in the Southeast Third League, practically becoming the new main team from the city of Haskovo.

HistoryEdit

 
Haskovo crest used until 2009

FC Haskovo was an established team in the B PFG, the second division of Bulgarian football, and an almost constant participant in the division for many seasons. It played in A PFG during periods of 1978-1979, 1981–1984, 1990–1991 and 1992-1993. Its greatest success was 8th in 1981-82 season. It also played in the Regional League between 2009-2012. Haskovo made 3 successive promotions and returned to top level 21 years later, in 2014.

Their top flight return proved to be difficult. Haskovo only managed to win two games and draw once in the regular season of the 2014-15 season. All seven points came from home games, with no points earned from away games. This placed Haskovo in last place, in the relegation zone. Surprisingly however, Haskovo managed to beat Ludogorets, the three-time defending champions, with a score of 1-0 at Haskovo stadium. In the second phase, Haskovo were prime candidates to be relegated. They managed to beat Lokomotiv Plovdiv, and fellow strugglers Marek at home, as well as drawing against giants Levski, and Slavia. These efforts were however not enough, as the team only managed to obtain 15 points, meaning they were still 17 points behind Lokomotiv Plovdiv, who were the last team to avoid relegation. Thus, Haskovo along with fellow newcomers Marek, were relegated after only one season in the top flight.

Problems continued for Haskovo, however. The team was supposed to play in B PFG for the 2015-16 season, but they did not obtain a license and decided not to compete. The team disappeared for the next three years, but it was refounded as Haskovo 1957 and started competing in the fourth level of Bulgarian football. The team won the regional A OFG Haskovo league and promoted to the third tier for the 2018-19 season.

Before the start of the 2021-22 season, the club was renamed from FC Haskovo to FC Sayana.

HonoursEdit

Bulgarian A PFG

Bulgarian B Group

Bulgarian Cup

  • Semi-finals (1): 1984

Amateur Football League

  • Cup of Amateur Football League in 2005

Current squadEdit

As of 1 August 2019 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   BUL Aleks Vasilev
4 DF   BUL Boris Biserov
5 DF   BUL Georgi Chichev
6 FW   BUL Ivelin Kostov
7 MF   BUL Hristo Kapitanov
9 FW   BUL Yuliy Shekerov
10 MF   BUL Krasimir Iliev
11 MF   BUL Alen Ivanov
12 GK   BUL Dimitar Aleksandrov
17 DF   BUL Anton Margaritov
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   BUL Nikolay Dimitrov
19 FW   BUL Ilian Kiryakov
20 DF   BUL Damyan Chaushev
23 MF   BUL Tsanko Chaushev
24 DF   BUL Georgi Valev
27 DF   BUL Neliyan Chakarov
28 MF   BUL Valyo Stoykov
71 MF   BUL Mario Yovov
77 MF   BUL Seid Sebat
99 MF   BUL Soner Polat

SeasonsEdit

League positionsEdit

Third Amateur Football League (Bulgaria)Regional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)First Professional Football League (Bulgaria)Second Professional Football League (Bulgaria)Third Amateur Football League (Bulgaria)Regional Amateur Football Groups (Bulgaria)Third Amateur Football League (Bulgaria)

ManagersEdit

Name From To
  Dimcho Markov Sep 2011 Mar 2013
  Hristo Georgiev Mar 2013 Apr 2013
  Dimcho Nenov Apr 2013 Sep 2014
  Emil Velev Oct 2014 Mar 2015
  Stamen Belchev Mar 2015

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